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51st Head of the Charles Regatta Starts Saturday

Photo courtesy of OAC
Photo courtesy of OAC

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -  The world's most prominent and largest two-day rowing event will take place on the Charles River this weekend, as rowers from across the globe travel to Boston for the 51st Head of the Charles Regatta.  All four crews from Harvard and Radcliffe, as well as many alumni and coaches, will take part in the races.

About the Head of the Charles
First held on October 16, 1965, the Head Of The Charles Regatta is the world's largest two-day rowing event. Founders and Cambridge Boat Club members D'Arcy MacMahon, Howard McIntyre, and Jack Vincent, created the Regatta on the advice of Harvard University sculling instructor Ernest Arlett. Arlett proposed a "head of the river" race (similar in tradition to races held in his native England) be held on the Charles River. "Head" races are a class of regattas generally three miles in length. Boats compete against one another and the clock, which starts sequentially, approximately fifteen seconds apart. Winners of each race receive the honorary title "Head of the River" or, in this case, "Head Of The Charles." Over 11,000 athletes, 400,000 spectators and 1,400 volunteers will take to the Charles River and its shores for the event. The first event featured around 100 competitors and has grown to 55 events at this year's HOCR.

Saturday, Oct. 17: Full List of Entries

12:32 p.m. – Men's Alumni Eights: Harvard heavyweight alumni
12:54 p.m. – Women's Alumni Eights: Radcliffe Alumnae Rowing Association A, Radcliffe Alumnae Rowing Association B
1:15 p.m. – Men's Club Fours: Harvard heavyweight club
2:04 p.m. – Men's Club Eights: Harvard heavyweight club A, Harvard heavyweight club B, Harvard heavyweight club C
2:19 p.m. – Women's Club Eights: Radcliffe heavyweight crew A

Sunday, Oct. 18: Full List of Entries

2:10 p.m. – Men's Championship Fours: Harvard heavyweight crew
2:16 p.m. – Women's Championship Fours: Radcliffe heavyweight crew
2:30 p.m. – Men's Championship Eights: Harvard heavyweight crew
2:44 p.m. – Women's Championship Eights: Radcliffe heavyweight crew A, Radcliffe heavyweight crew B
2:44 p.m. – Women's Championship Eights: Radcliffe heavyweight crew
3:46 p.m. – Men's Lightweight Fours: Harvard lightweight crew
3:53 p.m. – Women's Lightweight fours: Radcliffe lightweight crew
4:06 p.m. – Men's Lightweight Eights: Harvard lightweight crew A, Harvard lightweight crew B
4:12 p.m. – Women's Lightweight Eights: Radcliffe lightweight crew A, Radcliffe lightweight crew B

Alumni who are not listed, please let us know by emailing Allison Miller, Associate Director of Athletic Communications, at allisonmmiller@fas.harvard.edu.  

The Course
Map (PDF) | Information

The Head of the Charles course starts at the Boston University Boathouse and runs approximately three miles upstream, past the Harvard University campus. The route goes under the combination of a railroad trestle bridge near BU, the BU bridge and five triple-arching bridges on its way to the finish line. 

Navigating by Land
The Head of the Charles provides shuttle buses that run a continuous loop around the course and parking areas. For more information, click here. 

Live Webcasts
For fans unable to make it to Cambridge, the Head of the Charles Regatta will offer a live webcast of the event. For more information, click here.

Championships
Harvard and Radcliffe teams have won 42 HOCR championships, a number that does not include student-athletes, coaches and alumni racing as individuals or representing their clubs and countries. 

Race

No.

Last

Men

34

 

Championship doubles

4

1984

Championship fours

4

1973

Championship eights

3

2012

Club fours

1

1973

Club eights

6

2010

Lightweight fours

5

1975

Lightweight eights

6

2013

Youth doubles

1

2005

Youth eights

4

1992

Women

9

 

Championship fours

2

1976

Championship eights

1

1973

Club eights

1

2013

Lightweight fours

1

2004

Lightweight eights

1

2013

Youth eights

3

1999

 

Last Year
The Harvard heavyweight crew took third overall – and first among collegiate squads – in the championship eights event at the 50th Head of the Charles Regatta.  The Crimson bested the U.S. and French national crew teams with a time of 14:29.66. Harvard ranked just behind Craftsbury, the "Sculling Great Eight" (14:20.23) and Taurus, the "Sweep Great Eight" (14:23.59).

In one of the closest championship events, the men's lightweight eight ranked second, finishing with a time of 15:04.30. The Crimson bested third-place finisher Cornell by nearly three seconds and was edged out by Princeton, who won the event with a time of 15.02.30.

The Radcliffe lightweight varsity eight posted the best time of collegiate squads (16:59.60) to best BU, Wisconsin and Riverside.

The Radcliffe heavyweight squad finished eighth overall and fifth among a competitive field  of collegiate entrants. The Black and White stopped the clock at 16:56.69. 

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